Every single invention we enjoy today is testimony of the fact that we are creative by nature. Creativity is not something you are born with as a unique quality. In fact, it is our natural creativity what allows us to improve our lives in every possible way. However we fail to acknowledge that we have this amazing tool and that it is available to use in every area of our lives. Creative ideas sprout to mind all the time when we see a picture, read a story or simply chat with friends about how to solve a problem. As soon as our brains and memory start searching for alternatives or answers, the creative process starts. We tend to believe that being creative is something related with arts and crafts but the span of creativity goes into every area of our lives.
How to be creative all the time
We may not be aware of this amazing tool we count on however it is the same source of creativity that any author, artist or inventor would use. The three points below are designed to stimulate creativity and make you aware that creativity happens everywhere:
1. Use your normal routines as opportunities for creativity:
Think how you could make your daily routines more fun, productive, quicker, or enjoyable. For instance, if you walk your dog every day, think about new toys or games you could play with your dog during this time, change the route you normally take or teach him a new trick. Have you tried all of these? how about thinking of a new type of leash, how to walk more than one dog at a time, how to make the routine into a daily chance to meet up with friends or make new treats your dog might like.
2. Be a detective:
Ever read something in the newspapers and started speculating about the truth behind the story? View all alternatives the story is not giving you. You can run wild with ideas and imaginary characters or plots to a story to make your brain explore and connect new ideas.
3. Learn to see:
The focus of our visual attention tends to be an object but we often fail to see all the details surrounding the object itself. Try to remember other objects or details attached to something you have seen helps you to exercise your memory and create new connections with the world you perceive. The more connections you create, the more chances of improving your creativity as you will have more elements to play with.
After reading the above, it is probably evident by now that you use creativity all the time. Now it’s time to transfer this skill where you want to use it best. It may prove difficult at first, particularly if you set yourself a really difficult task. If you want to do a picture, don’t start by buying all the materials and setting them in front of you before you have a rough idea of what you want, the tones, the subject, the shapes, etc. Make a few sketches with pen and paper, use different sizes and in general explore as much as you can before you decide on a big blank oil canvas. This applies to every single opportunity for creativity. Enjoy the journey!